Adinkra earrings : Duafe


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A very symbolic pair of stud earrings hand-crafted in Ghana with sterling silver.
Duafe (part of the Adinkra symbols) can be translated as "Wooden [dua] comb [fe]" - symbol of beauty and cleanliness; symbols of desirable feminine qualities
The meaning of this symbol is characterised slightly differently in "The Adinkra Dictionary" and "The Values of Adinkra Symbols"; the former emphasises more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one's best and good hygiene. In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.
Widely used within the Ashanti culture - the Adinkra symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment.

~.8inches (~2 cm) cube

Boxed with a polishing cloth

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